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WW South's progress comes with a cost
By Kevin Schmit | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 10/3/2010 8:40 PM

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Wheaton Warrenville South emerged unbeaten but not unscathed from a rugged three-game stretch in the DuPage Valley Conference.

The Tigers (6-0, 4-0) beat DVC heavyweights Naperville Central, Naperville North and Wheaton North in consecutive weeks by an average margin of 27 points to gain significant distance in the standings on all three schools. It didn't come without a cost, however.

After losing defensive lineman Brian Welker to a broken leg against Naperville North, the Tigers lost linebacker Jack Eshleman to an arm injury in Friday's 42-14 win over Wheaton North.

Talented as they are, even the Tigers will struggle to absorb such significant defensive injuries especially with DVC co-leader Glenbard North (6-0, 4-0) looming in Week 8.

"Those three (games) were tough," said Tigers coach Ron Muhitch. "That's two defensive kids in two weeks off the heart of the DVC challenge and we've got Glenbard North left. And they're probably the most physical of anybody."

Not only will the Tigers' defense be thinner down the stretch, so will their kicking game without Welker, the team's kicker and punter. Tyler Cook is 11 of 12 on extra points in two games, while quarterback Reilly O'Toole attempted the lone punt in the last two games.

"You know how many punt, pass and kick tryouts I had this week?" joked Muhitch. "We had a guy that was 300 pounds trying to kick left footed."

Hurting Hilltoppers: Glenbard West (6-0, 3-0) is entering the pivotal stretch of its West Suburban Silver Conference schedule in search of a three-peat championship run, but the timing isn't good.

Quarterback Mike Matthew left in the second quarter of Saturday's 41-7 win over Addison Trail with injured ribs. Running back Trace Sorey also came out early after reinjuring his knee. Defensive lineman Tommy Schutt only played a handful of downs due to a lingering foot injury.

A huge trip to York (6-0, 4-0) awaits the Hilltoppers on Friday. After facing Downers North (1-5, 0-3) in Week 8, the Hilltoppers play host to Lyons in the regular-season finale. Healing up is top priority.

"We know we have the meat of our schedule to make a conference run, and (injuries are) part of the game," said Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet. "It's just that point in the season where we're trying to get guys healthy."